The Femo: Dear female voter

Mitt Romney

by Ashleigh McEvoy

Mitt Romney’s new advertisement, titled “Dear Daughter” and premiering this week, is a transparent ploy to gain female support. The video features a baby girl, whom the voiceover welcomes to America, highlighting the growing debt, the poverty rate, and the unemployment rate. It declares, “Obama’s policies are making it harder on women.” What an ironic and comical statement.

The Romney/Ryan ticket is anti-choice, backed by a party that believes that no woman — even in cases of rape or incest — has the authority to make a medical decision about her own body. Romney is quoted as saying, “Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that,” seeming to either not know or care that Planned Parenthood serves as the primary health care provider for many low-income women. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, has voted to defund Planned Parenthood numerous times, and co-sponsored a bill — with Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) of “legitimate rape” infamy — that would criminalize some forms of birth control. The Romney campaign also vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which aims to drastically decrease the number of uninsured women, guarantee coverage to women with preexisting conditions, ensure that women will have access to birth control and other preventive services with no cost-sharing, and allow young women to remain on their parents’ health care plans until they’re 26. The act also seeks to expand Medicaid coverage, thus allowing more women in poverty to have health insurance.

With this video, Romney and Ryan attempt to appeal to female voters by making the case that they will stick up for women. But this is a farce. President Barack Obama has defended a woman’s right to choose, receive equal pay, have access to comprehensive and affordable health care, attend college with a smaller loan burden, marry whomever she chooses, and take strides toward citizenship if she is an immigrant.

Romney, on the other hand, claims that tax cuts for the wealthy will trickle down to those unemployed, poverty-stricken women he pretends to care so much about in this advertisement — while abandoning Obama’s commitment to equality. It is clear that Romney’s interest in women — especially women of color, LGBTQ women, and low-income women — extends only so far as their votes are concerned.

photo of Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore: